Mnangagwa lauds Zec

HARARE - Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Justice minister, yesterday lauded the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) for opening itself up for criticism in the wake of a controversial general election.

Mnangagwa was speaking at a three-day Zec election review conference in Harare, where various stakeholders are free to “openly” criticise how the electoral body conducted the poll.

Mnangagwa said it was “brave and tolerant”  for Zec to expose itself to scrutiny, but said they should not be obliged to take all criticism.

“How brave I thought for Zec to hold such a conference in the presence of its erstwhile detractors, foes and friends,” Mnangagwa said.

“How tolerant indeed to seek the views of those affected by the elections and further seek to make the experience of elections better in future.”

He said the “constructive criticism and modest recommendations” will help the body prepare better for the next elections in 2018.

“It is an exercise that should culminate into improved holding of future elections,” he said. “That means the Zec will take what it can and throw away what goes against it’s constitutional mandate and implement the best practices as raised from the forum.”

National Constitution Assembly leader Lovemore Madhuku said some of the electoral processes undertaken by Zec are in breach of the Constitution.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGE - 20 March 2014

Benefiaries of ZEC rigging. What ca we expect from one who control ZEC and leads the rigging process. Manje wakazoitambwawo kuMidlands muzanu..tasting your own medicine chaiyo!

Tongogara - 20 March 2014

why not publicily thank Nikuv for a job well done Zec was just a by stander.

protestor - 20 March 2014

You are right. Thats why they are refusing to answer any questions regarding the elections. They dont even know what was happening. They were just being used like condoms.

Track44 - 20 March 2014

Mr Editor, is there by any chance you could get reveal to us details that were discussed in this rendezvous so that hopefully we could get to understand what really transpired in the 2013 elections, like what role Nikuv played for example.

Sinikiwe Shumba - 20 March 2014

Mr Editor, is there by any chance you could get reveal to us details that were discussed in this rendezvous so that hopefully we could get to understand what really transpired in the 2013 elections, like what role Nikuv played for example.

Sinikiwe Shumba - 20 March 2014

Did ZEC 'open itself' for constructive criticism and are they prepared to take advice? Point number 1. Let them prepare and electronic/biometric voters' roll which is subject to inspection on line by anyone at any given time. A voters' roll should not remain a secret to the citizens. 2. This way, there is a lot of convenience because voters will not need to travel to their constituencies in order to vote (barring that one's name is likely to be missing from the roll) as one's vote will still count in the constituency where one is registered. 3. The cost of managing an election then becomes much cheaper due to the cutting down on the number of polling officers. The trend of an election can be monitored real-time without having to wait for Mudede, Sekeramayi or Silaigwana to doctor the results before announcing them. Nikuv will have no chance to tamper with the result of the vote. If this advice is followed, I can assure all that Zimbabwe will once again become a jewel and paradise of Africa. I am told that we have made a big leap forward, overtaking other countries in as far as corruption is concerned.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 20 March 2014

We would like to know which stakeholders were invited to participate and what questions/contributions they made in this meeting that happened to make the Cde Minister so happy.

Dr Know - 20 March 2014

We would like to know which stakeholders were invited to participate and what questions/contributions they made in this meeting that happened to make the Cde Minister so happy.

Dr Know - 20 March 2014

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